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Zo-Zu the Punisher 
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed October 15, 2004

Constructed: 2.4
Casual: 2.4
Limited: 1.9

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Ankh.  Ankh Boy.  Ankh Boy kill.  Ponza like Ankh boy.  Ponza use Ankh boy. 

This card is good in constructed.  People played Ankh of Mishra to win in a Ponza deck, and this is a 2/2 body on top.  It helps solve one of the great mysteries as to how a Ponza deck wins besides just blowing up land.  It swings in with this guy while he hurts their recovery.

In limited, it's not as good.  I can't see you really getting the good LD card pool in sealed.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 2


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Really great in Land Destruction or burn decks.  Plus, he can get in a few hits himself.  In casual, this could really be fun with a nice, focused fast burn deck. 

In limited, you could end up hurting yourself as much as your opponent.  If you are running small and fast, it could help, but definitely use with caution.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 2

   Current Price:
Zo-Zu the Punisher - Champions of Kamigawa - $4.45

   Combos Well With:
Ankh of Mishra - 5th Edition - $3.42

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Ah. Ankh of Mishra on a stick. And a goblin to boot. Seems like this would fit in real nice to an aggressive red deck, if one exists.
Unfortunately, I have no idea if one exists. I suck at deckbuilding.
In casual, this is the kind of effect that will either (a) get you killed quick (in multiplayer), or (b) make people refuse to play that deck again. So I'd pass.
In limited, a very chancy effect to have. A dead creature if you are behind, so I would never play it.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 1
Limited: 1.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Zo-Zu the Punisher
This card rewards extremely aggressive play in both the limited and
constructed arenas. In limited, you should only include this creature if you
have a fast deck with few cards costing more than three mana. When you do,
Zo-Zu may be able to punish your opponent early in the game. In constructed,
I think I would like to try this card in a Ponza-styled land destruction
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          3.0

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer

Zo-Zu the Punisher


You know, I was just thinking to myself about how much I loved Ankh of Mishra, and wished someone would put it on a 2/2 creature and make me basically pay a half a mana for it (if were going to cost compare to a Grey Ogre). Actually, I must admit, what I was really thinking to myself is how much I hated Ankh of Mishra, and how its one of those cards that makes the game less fun to play, and should never be brought back.


And, my rating reflects this.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         1

Limited:                        1



* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

I love Zo-Zu. I just wish I had something to do with it. I'm not sure if he belongs in a landkill deck. Maybe he belongs in some kind of crazy lockdown deck. My personally, educated guess is that it belongs in a deck that combos with some bad rare that removes land and such. But, honestly, this is a card that will annoy people in group games.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5
Zo-Zu the Punisher --

I'm OK with this card. Its Ankh of Mishra reincarnated in an angry, 2/2, Goblin Warrior form that you can only have one of in play at a time. Swinging while getting an effect like his can't be too bad, right? My only problem with this guy is that I'm not sure where he fits in the current meta-game. Perhaps Zo-Zu is a sideboard card against control?

Zo-zu might see some play in casual, especially since he fits well in almost any goblin deck. However, his effect is only OK since Ankh of Mishra is still an option if that's what the deck is going to be based around.

Depending on what my sealed / draft deck looked like, I might play Zo-Zu. If the deck is on the low end of casting-cost, he might be extremely useful.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 2.5

 Van Zandt

Zo-Zu the Punisher
Ankh of Mishra with legs,  and he's a goblin... seems to be tailor-made for
a ponza style deck.  Certainly seems to have more potential than the Ankh
itself,  though it will probably see about as much play.
constructed 2.5
casual 3.5
limited 2

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